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The Federal Building in downtown Anchorage this summer.

Removal of Federal Building trees elicits fierce opposition

The proposal to remove two trees from the front of the historic Federal Building in downtown Anchorage elicited fiery comments from a handful of community members during a public meeting on Thursday.

September 19, 2014

USDA Rural Development Seeks Loan Applicants

USDA’s Rural Development arm is offering millions of dollars in loans for community projects in rural areas.

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September 19, 2014

Valley Opponents Gather To Fight Prop Two

Many prominent Republican politicians turned out Wednesday night for a Matanuska Valley campaign kickoff event in support of Big Marijuana, Big Mistake.

September 18, 2014

State OKs Linc Energy’s Tyonek Coal Exploration Plan

The state has given the OK to a plan by Linc Energy to explore for coal in the Tyonek area. Last month, Linc submitted an application to drill at least five exploratory wells in an area about seven miles from Tyonek, on the West side of Cook Inlet.

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September 17, 2014
Uber ride-sharing enters Anchorage market

Uber ride-sharing enters Anchorage market

Uber, a ride-sharing service, is coming to Anchorage, and some taxi companies aren’t happy about the not-yet-legal competition.

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September 17, 2014

Mat Su Health Services Gains ACA Grant

The Mat Su Health Services, a clinic in Wasilla, is one of more than two dozen health clinics in Alaska that will benefit from 5 point 3 million dollars in federal health funds.

September 16, 2014

Wasilla Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves 1 Dead

Two Wasilla police officers are on paid administrative leave after a Monday shooting that left one man dead. The names of the officers have not been released, in line with police policy.

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September 16, 2014
Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc in Seward

Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc in Seward

The three masted tall ship Cuauhtemoc docked in Seward during a Monday morning downpour. The Mexican training ship was greeted by Seward city officials and by the Mexican consul in Alaska. It’ll will be open to the public for viewing through Thursday.

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September 16, 2014
Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

The Anchorage Port project is taking a new direction toward modernization and rehabilitation instead of expansion. Three design concepts for re-doing but not expanding the Port will be ready in early November.

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September 15, 2014

Seward Small Stream Flood Advisory Update

Flood Advisory for Seward until 3 pm Saturday

September 13, 2014

Veterans explore old nuclear missile sites in Anchorage

Veterans from across the United States gathered in Anchorage last weekend to tour two of Alaska’s eight Nike Sites. The sites housed nuclear missiles in bunkers around Anchorage and Fairbanks during the Cold War.

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September 12, 2014
Anchorage Courthouse Evacuated for Bomb Threat, Nothing Found

Anchorage Courthouse Evacuated for Bomb Threat, Nothing Found

The Anchorage Police Department responded to a bomb threat at the Nesbett Courthouse this afternoon. The courthouse was evacuated around 1 pm and the building was searched. They did not find anything. Police also evacuated Boney Courthouse and closed a few downtown streets as a precaution. The area was declared safe by 3 pm, though the Nesbett Courthouse remained closed. The investigation is on going and no other information is available at this time.

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September 11, 2014

National Guard Sexual Assault Survivor Speaks Out

A survivor of sexual assault in the military stepped forward Thursday at the urging of an Anchorage women’s political action group.

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September 11, 2014
Sheraton workers continue rallying for contracts six years into negotiations

Sheraton workers continue rallying for contracts six years into negotiations

Labor organizers say they’re ramping up the protest against the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Anchorage, where workers have been in contentious contract negotiations with the Texas-based company since 2009.

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September 11, 2014

Transportation Grant For Alaska Railroad’s Seward Dock

The city of Seward will benefit from a two point five million dollar federal grant that was announced on Tuesday.

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September 10, 2014
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UAA Receives Grant For FASD Prevention Work

As part of a national effort to curb risky drinking habits and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, the Center for Disease Control awarded grants to six universities across the country – including the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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September 10, 2014

Pacific Walrus Decline May Have Halved Population

Pacific walrus populations in Alaska’s Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea area halved between 1981 and 1999. New research indicates that the decline may have slowed down in the years before 2000.

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September 9, 2014

Glenn Highway Project Aimed At Easing Eagle River Commute

New Eagle River bridge will be built as part of the Glenn Highway widening project in Eagle River.

September 9, 2014

Wasilla VA Clinic Without Doctors

The Wasilla Veterans Affairs clinic is without a doctor. Two physicians there have decided not to renew their contracts, and now one nurse practitioner is handling the patient caseload.

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September 8, 2014
Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade Placement

Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade Placement

The Anchorage School District is trying to decide if 6th graders should be placed in elementary or middle schools. Currently there are some in each. District staff have been weighing the options for more than a year because it impacts future school infrastructure upgrades. They’re also looking at what’s best for the students academically. Some 6th graders think middle school is definitely the way to go.

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September 8, 2014